Have an episode on Superman’s characterization ready to record, but didn’t have time to this weekend (we got to see Hamilton).
While I’m eagerly anticipating Suicide Squad, I’m not intending to do marketing material breakdowns like with Batman v. Superman. I’ve got my hands full already with BvS for now. I’ll probably do at least one related episode before it comes out though.
Anyways, in the meantime, here’s some RRSSS:
- Stop, Look, Listen (Criticism) | Where There’s Smoke
- On The Edge | Radiolab
- Justice League Universe Podcast | Sam Otten
- How deterrence is changing, explained by Defense Secretary Ash Carter | Vox
- Beyond Tolerance | TED Radio Hour
- Myths and Legends Podcast | Jason Weiser
- How Feasible Is Rebuilding Japan After Godzilla Attacks | Nerdometrics
- What Kind of Person Becomes a Violent Jihadi | The Inquiry
- Supertall 101 | 99% Invisible
- In Defense of Ignorance | This American Life
- Decoders – Adam West | Reply All
- The Power And Problem Of Grit | Hidden Brain
- Superman (Five for Fighting cover) | Mike Massé
Stop, Look, Listen (Criticism) | Where There’s Smoke
Meta-commentary on criticism abounds with the mixed reception of a highly anticipated film and I spoke on my approach last episode. I was incredibly encouraged listening to this episode which endorses a similar approach:
“Criticism seems to be running rampant in our world these days. This week, we ask some important questions: Why do we seem more interested in tearing others down than building them up? What is the deal with this plague of criticism in our world? Why do we do it? And what does it cost us? Then we turn our sights to the alternatives to criticism. How can we alter our behaviour, inspire change, and build relationships?”
If you want to encourage an outlook that helps you and those around you, I highly recommend giving this episode a listen.
As a companion on critical reception, consider listening to RadioLab’s On The Edge
At the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, one athlete pulled a move that, so far as we know, no one else had ever done in all of human history.
Surya Bonaly was not your typical figure skater. She was black. She was athletic. And she didn’t seem to care about artistry. Her performances – punctuated by triple-triple jumps and other power moves – thrilled audiences around the world. Yet, commentators claimed she couldn’t skate, and judges never gave her the high marks she felt she deserved. But Surya didn’t accept that criticism. Unlike her competitors – ice princesses who hid behind demure smiles – Surya made her feelings known. And, at her final Olympic performance, she attempted one jump that flew in the face of the establishment, and marked her for life as a rebel.
This week, we lace up our skates and tell a story about loving a sport that doesn’t love you back, and being judged in front of the world according to rules you don’t understand.
In our characterization episode we talk about how even those with incredible execution can feel the weight of criticism.
Justice League Universe Podcast | Sam Otten
Sam Otten has a great scene-by-scene DC Films Justice League Universe podcast that’s starting with Batman v. Superman and topical issues.
In this podcast, I share my analysis of each scene in the Warner Brothers movies that are part of the DC Films Justice League Universe, which started with Man of Steel and expanded with Batman v Superman. I love the depth of meaning in these films and I love discussing them with other fans.
Sam also shares his thoughts and has additional discussions on YouTube. If you love the JLU and enjoy deep and literary styled analysis, you should check out Sam’s content.
How deterrence is changing, explained by Defense Secretary Ash Carter | Vox
My view of Senator Finch is that while she is raising the concerns and costs about Superman’s actions, she ultimately is optimistic that a conversation will bring clarity and solve the situation. Otherwise she would have had to prepare contingencies. Here, Defense Secretary Carter explains why that’s a reasonable position and how deterrence alone doesn’t work and why communication does. It’s a real-world expression of why Senator Finch was right and why it made sense for her to turn down Lex.
Speaking about the importance of conversation, check out this episode, Beyond Tolerance, from the TED Radio Hour on the importance of opening dialog between differing positions and views. Not necessarily to change your position but at least your attitudes towards those on the other side of the issue, perhaps sharing more in common outside the issue than you think.
Myths and Legends Podcast | Jason Weiser
Batman v. Superman is filled with literary references. Many of theme steeped in mythology, legend, and folklore. If you want a greater appreciation for those references and the heroes of the past, I suggest checking out this storytelling podcast.
Ever wonder about the original stories behind King Arthur and his legendary knights, Robin Hood, or Aladdin?
Did you know that fairy tales weren’t originally for children and are way more bizarre, ridiculous, and interesting than you ever thought possible?
Maybe you’ve heard of characters like Thor, Odin, and Hercules from modern movies- stories stretching back centuries. Well, the originals that inspired the adaptations are even better.
This is a weekly podcast telling legendary stories as closely to the originals as possible. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen.
These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place.
One of the things that you will appreciate fairly quickly is that our traditional myths and legends rarely feared presenting fallible heroes, tragedy, and darkness. King Arthur, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, and more have historically not been the Disney family-friendly versions. You see a pattern with the approach to myth and wonder if traditions that are hundreds to thousands of years old may contain wisdom and reason in their ways, not found in our more saccharine modern-day storytelling.
To get you started, some episodes on Prometheus, Icarus, and King Arthur.
- 28-Prometheus: Adamantine
- 17B-Icarus and Daedalus: A Portrait of the Artificer as a Young Man
- 10A-Hercules: Going into Labor
- 10B-Hercules: Labor Intensive
- 6A-King Arthur Prologue: The Once and Really Only that One Time King
- 6B-Merlin: What’s Red, White, and Fighting All Over
- 6C-King Arthur: How I Met Your Mother
- 1A-Knights of the Round Table: Yvainglory
- 1B-Knights of the Round Table: You’re So Yvain
- 1C-Knights of the Round Table: The Lion Knight Rises
References abound with Le Morte d’Arthur, Moby Dick, the Wizard of Oz, A Streetcar Named Desire, Lolita, Frankenstein’s Monster, Prometheus, Star Wars, James Bond, A Balance of Terror, Christopher Wren, Alice in Wonderland, Mark of Zorro, Banksy… and more!
How Feasible Is Rebuilding Japan After Godzilla Attacks | Nerdometrics
FINAL CONCLUSION: Rebuilding Japan in the wake of Giant Monster Attacks is at no times infeasible – in fact it’s pretty darn realistic.
What Kind of Person Becomes a Violent Jihadi | The Inquiry
In the comments for last episode we had a brief discussion on whether Lex Luthor could be diagnosed as a psychopath or not. I found this report particularly salient to that discussion:
For decades researchers, academics and psychologists have wanted to know what kind of person becomes a terrorist, and if there are pre-existing traits which make someone more likely to kill for their beliefs.
This edition of The Inquiry, part of the BBC World Service Identity season, tells the story of the search for a ‘terrorist type’. With the threat from the so-called Islamic State, finding an answer has never felt more pressing. The Inquiry hears a chilling answer – that it could be anyone.
The episode begins with the historical efforts at trying to tie mental illness with militants and then moving on as studies showed otherwise. Next they tried to pin it to radical devotion but found that many couldn’t pass even basic doctrinal tests about their beliefs. Next they looked to social-economic profiles. In short, it’s easy to want to put anti-social behavior in a box and write it off as mental illness or manic fundamentalism, but the research hasn’t borne that out.
Speaking about Lex Luthor, you might enjoy the 99% Invisible (a show about design) episode Supertall 101 talking about Taipei 101, the issues and reasons behind building tall. To give you some of the insight into Lex’s planning, ambition, and statement to the world.
In Defense of Ignorance | This American Life
Act One and Act Two of this episode seem more salient than the rest. In Act One, a Beautiful Lie, Lulu Wang tells the story of an elaborate attempt to keep her grandmother ignorant of her own terminal diagnosis. In Act Two, we revisit the Dunning Kruger effect, something we’ve spoken before of in evaluating judgment.
This episode of Reply All, Decoders, is not particularly salient except that it includes a segment with Adam West and discusses Batman’s pop-culture portrayal in the past.
The Power And Problem Of Grit | Hidden Brain
An episode exploring the idea of grit… the persistence of sticking with things, the cost, suffering, and bitterness of that… but also the reward and how it relates to success. You can see parallels in how the Kents raised Clark and how this cinematic approach reveals his grit as not pure endurance and success, but the costs involved.
Superman (Five for Fighting cover) | Mike Massé